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News & Reminders

for Currently Enrolled

International Students  


Mark Your Calendar
International Transfer Fair @ De Anza College
Wednesday, March 11
10 am - 1pm
Conference Rooms - Campus Center
Hosted by the ISP office
Click HERE for a list of participating universities
Note: this list will be updated as more schools are confirmed
Would you like to volunteer for this event?
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F-1 visa students are required by U.S. immigration regulations to maintain full-time status while studying in the United States. At De Anza, full-time attendance means the student must ENROLL AND COMPLETE a minimum of 12 units of coursework each Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter.


You are not required to take any classes during summer vacation or winter and spring breaks. If, for any reason, you are forced to withdraw from classes (either by the instructor or by yourself) or if you take less than 12 units, you MUST FIRST speak to a counselor and get the final approval from the international student adviser at ISP prior to drop and/or withdraw from classes.

  • Distance Learning (on-line) Courses

As part of an international student's full course of study requirement (minimum 12 units per quarter), a student can include distance learning or online courses as part of full course load. Note:A maximum of 3 units will be counted towards the full course load. For example, if you register for a 5-unit online course, only 3 of the 5 units will be counted towards the required 12-unit load. If you register for a minimum of 12 regular course load, then you can add as many online units as you want above the 12 units. This is a U.S. government immigration rule for F-1 students.

  • Exceptions to the Full-Time Enrollment Requirement

Taking less than 12 units each quarter is only permissible for the following reasons upon approval by the International Student Programs:

  • English language difficulties.
  • Unfamiliarity with American teaching methods or reading requirements.
  • Improper course level placement.
  • Valid health/medical reasons.
  • No Late Adds or Drops will be accepted/processed. All adds and no show drops must be completed the first two weeks of the 12-week term or by deadlines in the portal for late starting/nonconforming classes.
  • "W" drops:  W's are now assigned effective Census date.  There is no “grade of no record” as in past terms.
  • End of term adds/drop will not be accepted.  Students who have attended all quarter without official registration will not be added retroactively.

Please consult the official De Anza College academic calendar for official dates


Students who wish to take more than 21.5 units, must petition through the ISP office (LCW-102)  during the first week of the quarter.  Petitions will not be considered  before the first day of classes.


If you wish to take a class @ another school like Foothill College, while you are a full time student at De Anza College, you can through the Concurrent Enrollment Program. You must complete the form and have it approved/signed by a counselor in the ISP office before you are allowed to take classes @ another institution.


IMPORTANT: you must follow policies/regulations for adding/dropping, paying fees etc etc of the school you will be taking a course from.


Representatives from universities come to campus on a regular basis to meet with prospective students. Be sure to meet with them when they come on campus for a chance to talk to them face-to-face. See listings ===>  


Please also be sure to check the Transfer Center Site for a more extensive list of school visits.


Be sure to read and understand your international fees and deadline by checking the summary of policies HERE


       arrow Also, check here for Refunds Policies & Procedures

New De Anza Payment System in place



Are you receiving emails from the ISP office on a regular basis? If not, we may not have your correct email address on file. Please send an e-mail to: so that we can add you to our listserv and you don't miss important information concerning international students.



Do you have any questions related to your classes, adding/dropping, transferring, etc or do you need to discuss a personal matter? Come to the ISP office to meet with a counselor. Here is a guideline on when and for what to see a counselor.


NOTE: appointments fill up quickly, so plan ahead and be sure to keep your appointment or it'll be hard to re-schedule due to high demand.


DROP-IN Counseling ONLY during first & last week of a quarter (NO APPOINTMENTS)



Health Insurance cards are sent to students quarterly within the first 2 weeks of a new quarter. If you have not received your, please send an email to Angelica Strongone with your full name and De Anza ID# to request a copy.


Important NOTE about the health insurance fee: the health insurance fee is NOT automatically refunded if a student drops all classes from De Anza.  It is the students' responsibility to contact the office coordinator in the ISP office before the end of the quarter the student stops attending De Anza College. Failing to do so, will result in the student be responsible to pay all health insurance fees.



Students admitted to universities and/or colleges for fall 2013, must follow these steps before departing De Anza this spring or summer quarter.

  • Notify International Student Programs (ISP) office of your transfer by submitting a F-1 Student Exit Form along with the Admissions Acceptance Letter AND Transfer Clearance Form from the new school.


  • Contact transferring school informing them of your travel plans and let them know where to send the new Form I-20. If you plan to travel outside the U.S. this summer, you must re-enter with the new school’s Form I-20, SO DO NOT submit your I-20 to ISP for a travel request.
  • Keep all important documents valid: F-1 Visa, Passport & I-94.
  • Consult with an International Student Counselor on CSU or IGETC general education requirements and complete the General Education Certification Form by the end of the quarter at ISP.

If you are traveling this summer, Be prepared!


ISP has a very high volume of requests at this time, and with only one person (Joseph Ng) processing all of these requests, it will take a minimum of 3 weeks or longer to approve your request.


-original I-20 form and a
-completed F-1 Document Request Form to ISP ASAP!


F-1 visa students traveling without the appropriate documentation may be delayed or denied entry back to the USA.



Are you leaving De Anza College?


If you decide to leave De Anza College, it's very important you notify the International Student Programs and complete the EXIT Form. ISP staff must transfer or terminate your SEVIS record properly.  Please check MyPortal to make sure you don't have outstanding fees on your account. If you do, be sure to pay your financial responsibility. Accounts left with HOLDS, tuition and/or health insurance outstanding fees will become a problem if you decide to return in the future, request transcripts and/or degrees and it will also affect your personal credit (financial) score in the USA. If you have any questions, be sure to check in with the ISP office staff BEFORE you leave the country.







Dates to Remember

Universities Visits


Representatives from universities come to the ISP office to meet with students on a one-on-one basis.



Thursday, Jan. 29

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Tuesday, Mar. 17

Thursday, Apr. 30

Tuesday, May 19


10am - 1pm

ISP Office LCW - 102

Walk In - No appointment



Tuesday, Feb 17

click here for flyer


10am - 1pm

ISP Office LCW - 102

Walk In - No appointment




Thursday, Feb. 19

Thursday, Mar. 19


10:30am - 1pm

ISP Office LCW - 102

Walk In - No appointment



Always check the Transfer Center website for additional universities visits






ISP Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am - 5pm

Tuesday: 8:30am - 6pm

Wednesday: 8:30am - 3pm

Thursday: 8:30am - 6pm

Friday: 8:30am - 1pm

Closed Saturdays & Sundays



Scholarships Opportunity

Go to the Financial Aid Website to search and apply for scholarships!



Address/E-mail/Phone #

Update "MyPortal" as well as complete the ISP Address Form and return to the ISP Office in person: Bldg LCW, Room 102



Social Security Number

You can only get a Social Security Number (SS#) if you find a job on campus first.  Read more HERE.



Did you loose your I-20 or I-94?

Read procedures here on how to get a replacement.



TAG: Transfer Admission Guarantee

De Anza has agreements with other schools to guarantee admission. Click Here for more info.



Tip when Contacting ISP

 If you email ISP staff please be sure to include your full name & De Anza ID# so that we can best help you with your inquiries. You can email any employee @ De Anza/Foothill if you know their last name/first name as:




When you register for classes, you pay $5 for the ECO PASS which allows you to ride VTA buses free for the entire quarter.



Emergency Phone Numbers


From a campus phone: Dial 9-1-1
Dialing “9” before 9-1-1 from campus phones is NOT required


From a cell phone: 408.924.8000


For non-emergencies, call 650.949.7313 or dial extension 7-3-1-3 from campus phones when requiring police assistance


Campus Police Website











International Student ProgramsDe Anza College
21250 Stevens Creek BLVD
Cupertino, CA 95014
Tel. (408) 864-8826
Fax. (408) 864-5638

Last Updated: 3/5/15